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Tips to get your house ready for winter

DECATUR – Cold weather is on its way and you should have your house prepared for the winter.   With snow and temperatures falling in some areas of Illinois this weekend, Design-Air of Decatur is offering you some tips to have things ready to go for the cold months ahead.  Owner Jim Hall says you…Continue Reading

Clinton Nuclear Power Plant

Clinton Power Plant is “ready” for a possible attack

CLINTON – It’s a large nuclear power plant right here in central Illinois, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing for the worst in the case it becomes the target of a terrorist attack.   FEMA, along with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Exelon Nuclear Power Plant, completed a counter-terrorism drill at…Continue Reading

Fairfield Inn

Local hotel chain connecting families for the holidays

FORSYTH – If you’re having trouble going to see your family in hospitals, nursing homes, or treatment centers, a local hotel chain is hoping to make it easier on you by offering free hotel rooms.   Fairfield Inn Forsyth-Decatur is hosting the “Room in the Inn” by offering their rooms for free on Thanksgiving night…Continue Reading

Deer Hunting Season

Firearm deer season begins today in Illinois

DECATUR–  The first weekend of firearm deer hunting season kicks off this weekend in Illinois.   Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young says it is the most popular hunting season of the year.   Last year over 55,700 deer were taken during the first weekend of hunting season, leading the way for an…Continue Reading

Decatur Public Library

City makes initial offer for library building

DECATUR—After months of back and forth communication, the city of Decatur is making the first proposal to the Decatur Public Library board of trustees for the purchase of the building at 130 N. Franklin Street.   Per the letter delivered to the Decatur Public Library Board Thursday night by City Manager Tim Gleason, “The City…Continue Reading

Bells Jewelry

Bell’s Jewelry preparing to close up shop

DECATUR – A family-owned jewelry store in downtown Decatur is closing up shop after 68 years of business.   Bell’s Jewelry started in 1947 in Nokomis, IL by Howard and Ginger Bell and they gradually shifted the business to their two sons: Doug and Scott.  Bell’s first opened up its downtown Decatur location in 1992…Continue Reading

Patrick Sullivan

Telling the story of Macon County’s WWII Vets

DECATUR – A local history buff hopes his new book will give our WWII Veterans more recognition.   Patrick Sullivan, a 2011 grad from Sangamon Valley High School and Harristown native, has collected the stories of Macon County’s Veterans and compiled them into his new book “We Who Were There: A Collection of Macon County’s…Continue Reading

Decatur Fire House

Aging Decatur fire stations to be subject of facility study

DECATUR–  The Decatur Police moved into their new building after a decade long search to find the ideal location, now it’s the Decatur Fire Department’s turn for some upgrades.   The City of Decatur gave thumbs up to Dewberry and Associates to move ahead with a facility study on the departments 7 fire houses throughout…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

Statewide unemployment holds steady for October

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate held at 5.4 percent in October but the state added jobs for the first time since spring. The department said Thursday in its monthly statewide unemployment report that the state added a net 14,400 jobs in October. The total number of jobs…Continue Reading